A beautiful new naturalistic landscape in the moat

A beautiful new naturalistic landscape in the moat

Superbloom - celebrating the Platinum Jubilee Year

The Tower of London's Superbloom is the beautiful new naturalistic landscape in the historic moat, marking the Platinum Jubilee year of Her Majesty the Queen.

The display will transform the moat into an evolving sea of colours and scents over the course of the summer. 

It will see the moat – dug and filled with water in the 13th century to defend the famous fortress – become a welcoming new habitat and a green haven for pollinators, insects and seed-eating birds. In the 19th century, the moat was drained and grassed-over and used as a grazing ground for Victorian livestock, and even as allotments during the Second World War. In 1977, the moat was used to mark HM The Queen’s Silver Jubilee with a garden display. The new moat landscape takes inspiration from this long history, bringing diversity of nature back to the Tower’s urban landscape and is the setting for the Tower’s Jubilee tribute.

The scheme has been designed by Historic Royal Palaces, working with Grant Associates - Landscape Architects and Lead Design Consultant, and University of Sheffield Professor of Planting Design, Nigel Dunnett – both of whom have extensive expertise in urban horticulture and landscape design. The display follows a one way route along winding willow-lined paths set to a specially commissioned soundscape by composer Erland Cooper with sculptural elements including 'The Nest' designed, built and woven by Spencer Jenkins and metal insect sculptures by Mehrdad Tafreshi.

When the display ends, the new natural landscape created to support it will remain in the moat as a permanent platinum Jubilee legacy.

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Superbloom flowers

There are 29 flower species planted in the Tower of London moat as part of the Superbloom display. Each of the flower species have been specially selected for their colour and ability to attract pollinating insects.

See the flowers

Superbloom pollinators

Creating a new biodiverse habitat in the heart of London, learn more about the pollinating insects that can be found in the Tower moat and in your own garden.

Discover the pollinators

The Tower of London moat

Discover some surprising facts about the Tower of London moat and the changes it has experienced over its nearly 1000 year history.

Facts about the moat
Queen Elizabeth II meets an enthusiastic crowd at St Katharine's Dock near the Tower of London, one of the stops on her Silver Jubilee river progress from Greenwich to Lambeth.

A History of Royal Jubilees

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, we look back at the history of royal jubilee celebrations through the ages. 

Glass structures in the Queen's Garden, Tower of London moat

The Queen's Garden

A specially designed 'Queen's Garden' has been created as part of the Tower of London Superbloom. The concept for the garden has been developed by Andrew Grant and James Clarke of Grant Associates, the lead designers for the Superbloom project. Drawing on the colours, shapes and motifs used by Hartnell for the coronation gown it is intended to evoke the scalloped tiers of embroidery which feature on the gown’s silk skirt. 

12 cast glass forms representing the national emblems featured in Hartnell’s embroidered design, including the thistle of Scotland, the Australian wattle and Canadian maple leaf rise from the garden. In the centre, sits a glass crown, a reminder of the Tower of London’s ancient role as home of the Crown Jewels; the sacred regalia used in Her Majesty’s coronation, and those of previous British monarchs. Specially created for the Queen’s Garden by glass artist Max Jacquard, these hand-crafted artworks will catch the light and provide an elegant visual spectacle.

Moat legacy

The Tower’s ‘Superbloom’ is the first stage of installing a natural landscape in the moat in the heart of the City of London.

It will see the moat become a welcoming new habitat and a green haven for pollinators, insects and seed-eating birds.

When the ‘Superbloom’ display ends, the new natural landscape created to support it will remain in the moat as a permanent Jubilee legacy.

Download the Superbloom Augmented Reality App

Create and share your own Superbloom in augmented reality. Virtually plant seeds wherever you are to see the flowers grow all around you and spot the pollinators attracted to the blooms. If you cannot visit the Tower of London Superbloom this summer, you can recreate the experience wherever you are with this app, using augmented reality powered by Niantic's Lightship. The ‘Tower Superbloom AR’ app is free and available to download from the Apple and Google Play stores.

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Superbloom schools

Discover how schools are taking part in Superbloom.

Superbloom schools

Superbloom Community Programme

Learn more about how local community groups are taking part in Superbloom.

Community programme
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Lead Sponsor

Our sponsors

Superbloom is generously supported by:

Platinum Partners, Coronation Crown
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Rothschild & Co

Platinum Partner, State Crown

Platinum Partner, Diadem

Historic Royal Palaces, Inc
The City of London Corporation
Garfield Weston Foundation
The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust
The Hiscox Foundation
and others who wish to remain anonymous

City of London Livery Companies
The Grocers' Company
The Drapers' Company
The Fishmongers' Company
The Goldsmiths' Company Charity
The Merchant Taylors' Company
The Clothworkers' Company
The Wax Chandlers’ Company
The Tallow Chandlers’ Company
The Saddlers’ Company
The Airpilots' Company
The Builders’ Merchants Company
The Actuaries' Company
The Engineers’ Company

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 Emblem

Throughout the summer

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